Client: Wynn Resort
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Geography: Hardiness Zone 9a
Project Requirements: When Steve Wynn purchased the old Desert Inn, his vision was to use the property to create a 5-star resort hotel and a world-class golf course set in a pine forest, but located on the Las Vegas Strip
Project Process: Environmental Design was called in to harvest over 2,000 trees from the existing Desert Inn Golf Course and Resort and to maintain the trees in a nursery on-site. After the Tom Fazio designed golf course was shaped, Environmental Design transplanted the trees back to the new golf course. Additional trees were harvested from 3 separate sites in Las Vegas by Environmental Design and transplanted to the pine mountain and surrounding forest that makes up the grounds of the spectacular Wynn Resort.
Client: San Diego Zoo
Location: San Diego, California
Geography: Hardiness Zone 10a
Project Requirements: The San Diego Zoo, home to the largest Strangler Fig (Ficus watkinsiana) in the U.S., wanted to use the tree to create a unique entrance to the new Monkey Trails and Forest Tales habitat. Environmental Design was asked to not only move the tree to a new location horizontally, but also to lower the tree 30' to allow visitors to experience the primate exhibit from an elevated walkway in the tree canopy.
Project Process: Environmental Design determined the route the 168" diameter, 440,000 pound tree had to travel to its new home. A tracked gantry system was selected as the most suitable and preparations were made to perform this complicated tree transplant.
Project Solution: The tree was carefully root pruned and encapsulated. A tracked gantry system was constructed at the site and the tree moved 300' horizontally and 30' down to its new home.
Client: MGM Mirage
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Geography: Hardiness Zone 8b
Project Requirements: Steve Wynn's vision for the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi was to create a dramatic tree-lined entrance reminiscent of the grand entrances of southern plantations. Environmental Design was called in to locate and transplant the trees necessary to achieve the vision.
Project Process: Environmental Design located 22 matched Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) within a 100-mile radius of the resort that met the exacting specifications -30' tall with a 30' spread and a 24" trunk caliper. Trees were root pruned, harvested, transported, and planted along the resort's grand entrance.
Client: Hershey Park
Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Geography: Hardiness Zone 6b
Project Requirements: The successful relocation of the selected trees required the utilization of our patented 120" hydraulic tree spade as well as the use of our 102' Big John tree spade.
Project Process: Working closely with both Hershey Entertainment and Hart Howerton Landscape Architects, our team aided in the initial tree selection process. After all trees were identified, an advance team carefully pruned and tied in the trees in preparation for their relocation. Once the final locations for the trees were staked, our equipment mobilized to the site and began the relocation process. To date we have moved in excess of fifty trees and anticipate a second mobilization to the site during the late fall of 2008 to relocate the balance of the trees.